Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could be back for Liverpool much earlier than expected

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s Liverpool comeback

Could Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain play for Liverpool this season?

Over the past few weeks Oxlade-Chamberlain has posted several updates on social media as he’s returned to training at Anfield.

The Ox has been watching from the sidelines as Liverpool try to win the league title for the first time in 29 years.

Oxlade-Chamberlain’s campaign was ruined at the backend of last season.

The England star was stretchered off in the Champions League semi-final win against Roma with damaged knee ligaments.

Could Oxlade-Chamberlain make an early return?

The Liverpool Echo now believe that Oxlade-Chamberlain will play for Liverpool this season.

Readers are told that the Ox could be back by March:

Liverpool remain reluctant to put a timeframe on his return but the ECHO understands that he should be back in full training at Melwood by mid to late February.

The Reds won’t take any risks with Oxlade-Chamberlain but it’s realistic that he will be available for selection in March.

How many games could the Ox play this season?

If Oxlade-Chamberlain does indeed return to action in March, there is the potential that he’s involved in Liverpool’s last ten Premier League games of the season.

He’d also return for the Champions League second-leg against Bayern Munich. While the Ox would be available for England selection in the Nation League semi-final.

Jurgen Klopp on the Ox

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CHAMPIONS LEAGUE | FC BARCELONA DRAWS | ATLETICO DE MADRID WINS

UEFA Champions League this mid-week with two of the four Spanish Football Clubs down for their scheduled Group matches. Here is a brief summary of events, goalscorers & final results.

FC BARCELONA travelled to Milan to play away INTER MILAN & attempt to secure further the top Group spot & ensure their pass into the next phase of the European competition. Lionel Messi was discarded for this

VALENCIA CF & REAL MADRID CF WIN | CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

UEFA Champions League continued tonight with the last remaining two Spanish Football representatives scheduled for their Group matches. Here are a brief summary of the main events, the goalscorers & the final results.

VALENCIA CF hosted YOUNG BOYS in a must win situation if they were to keep alive any chance of passing onto the next phase of Champions League in this very complicated &

SPANISH FOOTBALL TEAM | LIST OF 24 PLAYERS FOR CROATIA & BOSNIA

Spanish National Football Team Selector & Coach Luis Enrique has handed in his list of 24 players for the upcoming UEFA Nations League match against Croatia & the International Friendly game against Bosnia Herzegovina.

Novelties are the call up of Celta midfielder Brais Mendez, Hermoso of Espayol & Formals of Villarreal. Isco. Iñigo Martinez, Diego Llorente & Sergi Roberto return after injury

Sevilla Say Alvaro Morata Is Too Expensive For Them

Sevilla cannot afford to offer Alvaro Morata a way out of his Chelsea hell, according to director of football Joaquin Caparros.

Morata is out of favour at Stamford Bridge, and his representatives held talks with the La Liga club last week.

However Caparros, speaking at the unveiling of another striker, Munir El Haddadi, said they pulled out of a deal due to the costs involved.

‘Sevilla is a desirable team for any footballer and Morata wanted to come here, but when we started talking about costs, we realised that it was impossible,’ Caparros explained at a press conference.

In contrast to Morata, Munir has been brought in from Barcelona in a cut-price €1million (£892,000) deal, and was unveiled on Monday afternoon.

Morata is looking for a way out of Chelsea after a disappointing 18 months, with manager Maurizio Sarri exploring other striking options.

Chelsea are looking at signing Gonzalo Higuain on loan, although they will need to free up funds by finding a new home for Morata first.

Goal report that Atletico Madrid are looking at a deal for the former Real Madrid forward, while Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde did not deny interest in bringing in Morata as back-up for Luis Suarez.

CROATIA 3 SPAIN 2 | UEFA NATIONS LEAGUE

SPAIN had to win tonight to access automatically into the final 4 stage of the UEFA NATIONS LEAGUE Top 4 Finals but complicated their chances, & negatively, after being defeated 3 – 2 by CROATIA in Zagreb.Spain now has to sit & wait for the outcome of the England – Croatia clash to see if they continue on, a victory by England or Croatia with give them respectively the ticket through to the Top

SPAIN 1 BOSNIA HERZEGOVINA 0 | INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY

SPAIN hosted BOSNIA in Las Palmas (Canary Is.) for an International Friendly match tonight. Spain puts its planning horizon towards the top priority of qualifying for the EURO 20 competition after their opportunity of gaining a place in next summer’s UEFA Nations League Top 4 Final disappeared when England won Croatia 2 -1 this afternoon at Wembley.Selector & Coach Luis Enrique has commented that

Chelsea 2-0 Nottingham Forest – Frankie Lampard, He’s Won More Than You


Us: Wholesale changes. Captain Cesc for what could was probably his last appearance at the Bridge. Luiz remained, as did Barkley and Morata, but the rest were turned over. Ampadu and CHO getting starts, along with Big Willy, Zappacosta, Emerson, Ruben and Christensen. Bench mostly stacked with the first eleven but there was a spot for the Lesser Spotted Victor Moses too.

Them: I basically recognised Jack Colback and his Miranda Richardson/Blackadder tribute hair and the Liam Gallagher mophead tribute on Yacob. That was it. And I sat and watched them play Leeds the other day too.

One of only ten games to kick off at 3pm on Saturday on the big cup weekend. SEVEN early kick offs and EIGHT games on Sunday. Magic of the cup officially murdered by television. 

We almost missed this rare kick off because we got Rick-rolled in the old ticket hall just as we were leaving but we made it just in time despite the sing and dance-along. And despite the fact that I’ve got a new game at the turnstile with the trio of chaps installed to do a second bag check. It’s called – What’s the most ridiculous thing you can produce from your bag this season? Today will be hard to top, because it was a sort of snorkel full-face/gimp/Power Rangers mask. Don’t ask.

CHO, who was fantastic today, was straight in but he was ahead of everyone and the cross into the box wasn’t met by anyone in blue. We’re rent boys apparently. Watch the Daily Mail ignore that. Zappacosta had had a go, before we saw some more good build up, but the ball was scuffed across the box by Captain Cesc. Forest by no means looked like whipping boys, though. Their support was vocal too, but most of their early energy was wasted on slating Frank Lampard. 

Closest yet on 12 from Morata. Ever seen Emerson take a free kick? Me neither, but f*ck me he went close. Morata went down on the edge of the box and the crowd was to in arms about the lack of a free kick. A replay showed that he was absolutely fouled. It took some fierce blocking from Forest on 17 to keep the ball out of the net, then we had a well worked corner from Cesc in which the team attacked without having to clear the first man (genius) but there was no way through at the end of it. We were getting in there, there was the actual intent, which seemed to be completely lacking against Southampton, but they had been solid at the last. Helps when you have seven men across the back at all times.

Ampadu rampaged down the pitch on 28, but being fouled and left for dead owing to the incompetence of the referee he could only get so far. In the meantime he was awarding Forest soft free kicks. He swung our way soon after. Brilliantly drawn foul from Ruben in the box, he’d had been running about like a man possessed. Penalty. Cesc. It was his swan-song after all. So we’ll forgive him for a very dodgy run up and a soft effort that was palmed away by the Forest keeper. Morata laid it off to Zappa five minutes later and his shot was fierce, but stopped once again. Ruben off on 41 – twingy back recurrent, and on came Eden. Forest hadn’t looked like scoring once. One paltry attempt that wasn’t on target. For the umpteenth time this season, we needed to start capitalising on all our possession and our chances on goal. But I don’t think Morata had been offside once, and he’d worked his nuts off. This was at least less boring than the Southampton game. Look at that for positivity. 

A bright start to the second half and it took less than five minutes for Morata to break the deadlock. Yes. Chelsea striker scores goal at home, but let’s not be mean. Hurrah. 1-0. I thought it looked like he was willing to take part in muted back-slapping with his team-mates, but wanted nothing to do with the crowd. Both times today. We nearly doubled the lead on 53, before they almost got on the end of a header up the other end. They were having a proper go, to be fair to them. How Morata missed on 57 I can’t tell you. I don’t think he could either, but he made up for it moments later with his second.

They began losing the plot a bit at the back now. “Sh*t Derby County” we sang, and the quintessential “You’ve Had Your Day Out, Now F*ck Off Home” as they got excited about hitting the side netting. Bizarrely they were given a corner. Refwatch: Andrew Madley. Bobby’s older brother. God the latter must be bitter. This one got the hair and the thin genes. And he wasn’t dumb enough to get sacked for mocking disabled people. Reached nowhere near the incompetent levels we once saw from his sibling. Odd choices between advantage and play on. Not entirely sure what a foul was and wasn’t but he wasn’t terrible.

The away support had more stamina than their team though, because Forest were tiring. “We’re Gonna Win 3-2” they sang. Stranger things have f*cking happened at Stamford Bridge of late. Fabregas smashed it on 70 but it wasn’t going to be his day today in front of goal. Morata off for Dave – our one fit striker wrapped in cotton wool for Tuesday and shutting up shop. Barkley went close on 76, played in Hazard who found Emerson for another go; but the notable incident of the closing minutes was the ovation for Fabregas as he departed the field for Kante. 

So: Third Round negotiated without any drama, but more importantly today saw a tearful goodbye from Cesc as his imminent departure draws nearer. Charming interview with him after, wonderful reception at the final whistle. Was he a dyed in the wool blue straight of the womb? Of course not, but when the club who forged him didn’t want him back he came and gave us his last top class years, often suffering personally on the field for the sake of the team. He walks away with a pile of accolades that he well deserves. (And which crap on the sum total of what Arsenal have achieved in the same period, no scratch that, since he was at primary school) God Speed to him in his next endeavourand thank you.

AC – A Girl Who likes balls.

Forest | Ampadu | CHO | RLC | Cahill | Fabregas | Abraham | Luiz | Hazard | The Chelsea Daft Vlog

In today’s Chelsea Daft Vlog we take a look back at the victory over Nottingham Forest and the stand-out performers. Where was Gary Cahill?

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Tottenham vs Chelsea: This is the first time in years that I am dreading this game tonight.


Chelsea travel to Wembley tonight in the first leg of the Carabao League Cup Semi-Final against Tottenham and for the first time in years I have to admit that I am dreading the game and feel that it’s literally damage limitation here. 

In the Premier League game at Wembley the other week, Maurizio Sarri played what he believed to be his strongest eleven players that day and it’s fair to say that we were battered by Tottenham. Within the first fifteen minutes of the game Tottenham had already exposed our weaknesses and took control. Quite simply put, our game-plan fell apart and we were made to suffer watching what can only be described as an embarrassment for the remainder of the game.

Tonight, with injuries to key players to which we wait and see if they will be involved in some capacity (not 90 minutes as per Sarri’s press conference yesterday), or if it’s a make-shift Chelsea side that travel to North London to try and deliver a performance as they look to implement a shift in tactical approach to try and prevent what happened repeating itself.

The positive from Maurizio Sarri in his press conference yesterday was the fact that he identified the main issue we had in the previous game – the fact that Tottenham play with two attacking midfielders in behind the main striker – drifting out wide when required – Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen. Both have caused us numerous problems in the last two to three years and they will again be the main issue we face this evening.

The tactical shift that Sarri is referring to, bearing in mind he will never deviate from deploying Jorginho in the pivot position at the heart of our midfield, could be to finally play N’Golo Kante alongside him in a 4-2-3-1 formation to provide additional protection to our back-four. That’s the solution as far as the majority of Chelsea fans would tell you if Jorgihno continues where he is. By doing so, it would allow Eden Hazard the chance to play in the number ten role, with Callum Hudson-Odoi one side and Willian/Pedro to share the responsibility on the other side as both are unable to play ninety minutes at the moment. Alvaro Morata would continue as the lone-striker.

For me, Tottenham’s weakness is their defensive midfield position and if you can really attack them in-behind you WILL create them all sorts of problems. Moussa Dembele isn’t a defensive midfielder, Harry Winks is not someone that will fly into tackles as that’s not his natural game leaving Victor Wanyama as the only natural option. If we can pinpoint Eden Hazard as the number ten to force them to man-mark him, we should have plenty of space to play in front of their back-four. Again though, that is if we adopt the 4-2-3-1 formation which I see as the ONLY solution.

Anything different tonight and I believe we have big, big problems here. We need a goal whatever happens. We just have to hope that we can remain solid and not concede too many!

What do you think of the game tonight? Where do you see their weakness? Do you think we can come away with the right result ?

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